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Police Seek Man Known As The Naked ‘Red Car Flasher’

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Detectives released a second sketch Thursday of man they have dubbed, the “Red Car Flasher,” who has exposed his naked body to teen girls more than a dozen times since Aug. 2011.

The suspect is believed to have flashed himself to young Hispanic girls near Arleta and Panorama City middle and high schools, Los Angeles police said.

The most recent incident took place on Dec. 22 at Woodman Avenue and Lassen Street, according to authorities.

Police say an 18-year-old girl was walking on the sidewalk when she noticed a red compact car parked at the curb with the passenger door open.

“A fair-skinned man unexpectedly jumped out from the open car door, completely naked, and extended his arms toward the girl as if to hug or grab her,” police said in a statement.

The girl ran away and the suspect fled in his vehicle.

So far, no victims have been physically harmed.

“The red compact car is a commonality among all the cases, as is the suspect’s light complexion and close-cropped, receding hair with a bit of gray,” officials said.

According to victims, the flasher could be between 25 and 40 years old. He may have a scar on one cheek, and a victim thought his name may be Paul, police said.

His vehicle may be an older import like a Honda, Toyota or Nissan. In some cases, the suspect may have tried to cover the license plate with a shirt or towel.

Anyone with information on this crime is urged to call LAPD Mission Detectives, at (818) 838-9975.

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